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Quake shakes NW Japan, causes 21 injuries and minor damage

Jun. 18, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful earthquake jolted northwestern Japan late Tuesday, causing minor injuries to 21 people and a brief evacuation of coastal homes until the risk of a tsunami passed. Store floors were littered with goods that fell off shelves, and roofs of homes showed bare spots where tiles had shaken...

PG&E to pay $1 billion to governments for wildfire damage

Jun. 18, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California utility agreed Tuesday to pay $1 billion to 14 local governments to cover damages from a series of deadly wildfires caused by its downed power lines. The settlement is a sliver of the more than $30 billion in potential damages Pacific Gas & Electric is facing in...

Disaster declaration issued for counties impacted by storms

Jun. 18, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohio has received federal assistance for residents of 10 counties impacted by tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and landslides. DeWine's news release says Republican President Donald Trump issued a disaster declaration Tuesday to...

Federal officials to review flood issues in Texas derailment

Jun. 18, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Investigators will consider storm-related flooding to help determine what caused an April 24 freight train derailment in North Texas that sent 25 tanker cars off the tracks. The National Transportation Safety Board on Monday issued a preliminary report on the accident south of...

The Latest: Helicopter saves 6 climbers in Pakistan's north

Jun. 18, 2019 6:35 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on a climbing expedition's rescue in Pakistan after being hit by an avalanche (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A Pakistani mountaineering official says an army helicopter has rescued four Italian and two Pakistani climbers stranded after an avalanche in the country's north. Mohammad...

Pakistani official says army helicopter has rescued 4 Italian and 2 Pakistani climbers stranded after avalanche.

Jun. 18, 2019 6:14 AM EDT
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani official says army helicopter has rescued 4 Italian and 2 Pakistani climbers stranded after avalanche.

Rescue efforts underway after China quake kills at least 12

Jun. 18, 2019 4:38 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Rescue efforts were underway Tuesday after an earthquake in southwestern China left 12 people dead and 135 others injured, authorities said. Hundreds of firefighters arrived early Tuesday and rescued at least eight trapped people, the Chinese Ministry of Emergency Management said. State...

Federal flood assistance granted to 4 more Oklahoma counties

Jun. 17, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal disaster assistance has been approved for four more Oklahoma counties affected by severe storms, flooding and tornadoes last month. Gov. Kevin Stitt said Monday the Federal Emergency Management Agency had added Cherokee, Le Flore, Noble and Nowata counties to a list of 17 other...

Minor flooding in central Wyoming along Wind River

Jun. 17, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — Minor flooding is occurring along parts of the Wind River in central Wyoming because of melting mountain snow and rainfall. The Wind River near Crowheart is expected to fluctuate around the flood stage of 10.0 feet (3 meters) through Tuesday morning and hover a little over flood stage...

4 more Arkansas counties approved for disaster assistance

Jun. 17, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency says four more counties in Arkansas have been approved for disaster assistance as a result of damage from storms and flooding that began May 21. Heavy rains produced record flooding in the state, especially along the Arkansas River. FEMA...